I certainly didn't forget...
I published this review at L4M awhile back, but it bears repeating...
Catacombs- In The Depths Of R’Lyeh
“In his house at R’Lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” So sums up H.P. Lovecraft’s classic nightmare, “The Call Of Cthulhu”. Moribund Cult Records’ newest find, Catacombs, has probably found the perfect theme and lyrical inspiration for glacially slow, dripping funeral doom.
Catacombs is the newest project from Xathagorra, the founder of another glacial doom project Hierophant. If you’re familiar with Hierophant, Skepticism, Evoken, Khanate and other similar forays into musical dysfunction, you pretty much know what you’re in for with “In The Depths Of R’Lyeh”. My approach to funeral doom is a sort of love-hate relationship. Subtle differences between various bands sometimes can make all the difference in whether I’ll really like a release or find it unpalatable. Because of the nature of funeral doom; that is, being devoid of virtually any melody, played at a glacial pace, and almost consisting entirely of painfully slow and heavy riffs, a slight change in the notes played, a slight change in the beats per minute, or the ability of a band to sustain mood and atmosphere can affect whether I’ll love it or hate it. So, it’s usually with some trepidation that I put a new funeral doom album in the stereo.
“In The Depths Of R’Lyeh” is excellent. Crushing, droning doom with glacial riffs and deeply growled vocals are combined with, believe it or not, melodic guitar tones (both distorted and acoustic) similar to those found on the latest Earth album (“Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method”). The guitar tones add another atmospheric layer to funeral doom that’s missing on most other releases. In addition, there are just enough subtle changes in tempo (nothing that I would characterize as up tempo!) to add a much needed aspect of variation to the music. It is just these subtleties that prevent me from becoming bored after 20 minutes, as happens with many albums in this genre, and keeps me focused on the music throughout the release. In short, this is a standout of the genre and future releases may give Sunn O))) a run for their money (well, maybe).
Moribund Cult seems to be branching out from just being a label that focuses primarily upon straightforward, raw black metal and brutal death metal. Sometimes they miss, and sometimes they strike gold. This release, unlike Fear Of Eternity, is well worth the effort. Highly recommended. Great Cthulhu awakens.
Sorry, song removed after a week or so.
What part of "Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fthagn!" do you not understand?!